How do you guys manage a simple yet complex sound with so many instruments intertwined yet never sounding overdone?
We’ve learned to restrain ourselves and make the most of dynamics. We work out song arrangements as a band and are very conscious of when and why and how we unleash our full force. There’s a lot of discussing, and trying out, and revising.
I guess on a slightly similar note, aside from many of them being technically longer in length, I always walk away from listening to Typhoon songs in awe of how much content and diversity one song can take me through, can you speak to structure and what feeling you aim to elicit from your songs? and why I can feel like I heard an entire records worth of music in one single song?
Kyle is an ambitious songwriter. I’ve always felt he was aiming higher than just writing a catchy song. As a band, we embrace this aesthetic and work to give each section its own character. It makes things more fun for us, and hopefully more interesting for the listener.
How has Portland and the overall spirit of the Northwest treated and maybe even shaped the band over the years?
There is a great sense of community (even family) amongst the musicians I know in Portland. We support each other and value each other as friends first, and musicians second. Also, everybody and their dog has a band in Portland, so you learn pretty quickly that you’d better be doing it because you love it and not because you wanna be a rockstar.
Sorry, I know there’s a new album and not to backtrack to far back in time, but I still often put CPR/Claws Pt. 2 on repeat, a song that struck a real strong chord with me (I would assume others) and really the driver behind what pulled me to Typhoon, can you take us a little deeper behind that particular track?
The songs are Kyle’s. What I know is that this song is about living life with the inevitability of death looming. It’s one of my favorites.
Ok, back to the future, huge respect on the recent release of White Lighter, an amazing album cover to cover, what went in to making this particular record, and how’s the tour shaped up surrounding it?
For Kyle, this is an autobiographic record, loosely tracing his life up to now. For the band, the album represents a new stage in our development. After years of playing together, Typhoon truly feels like a band, and not a collective of friends joined together to realize Kyle’s songs. To arrange and record White Lighter, the band holed up at a farm outside Portland and worked together for weeks fleshing out ideas and building the album piece by piece. It marks a big move forward for all of us.